GEMMA MAC ON TARGET FOR JEWELS
Honest juvenile filly Gemma Mac proved a touch too strong in the up to rating 54 pace at Timaru on Mothers Day, coming from last at the 1600m to win convincingly.
The $3.20 favourite surged clear at the 700m for driver Tim Williams, holding on by half a length in a 2:00.5 rate for the 2000m, the leaders running their last 800m in 56.7s.
This was the second win in eight starts for the daughter of Art Major, who consolidated her position for the $150,000 Harness Jewels 2YO Diamond at Addington on June 1.
She is now fifth in the pecking order for the Jewels, behind Sweet On Me, Amazing Dream, Tiffany Rose and Spellbound.
Meanwhile, fellow Kentuckiana Lodge fillies, Woman In Gold and Dr Susan, are just outside the cut for the Jewels, in 13 and 14th positions.
Dr Susan went close to snaring her maiden win at Timaru, only to be pipped near the post by the Robert Dunn-trained Tyron’s Che Bella, who stormed late to win by half a neck in a 2:00.2 rate for the 2000m.
The Cran Dalgety-trained Dr Susan pressed to the front from the seven gate for Nathan Purdon and went down fighting – her third minor placing in four starts.